Singer has nothing on Presidential Science Adviser John Holdren, whose “Ecoscience” is a treasure trove of such nonsense. Holdren’s Ecoscience coauthor Paul Ehrlich takes the cake with his series of doomsday books including “Population Bomb.” Ehrlich is a Stanford professor who continues to be an icon for the ignorant and the left, and long a key evangelist for “Zero Population Growth.”
Several decades ago Ehrlich and Holdren (and a couple of their acolytes) put their money where their mouths were. They accepted a wager offered by population economist Julian Simon in his book “The Ultimate Resource.” The gist of the wager was that Simon bet that, after enough time for some smoothing of data, natural resources as measured by their cost were not being depleted. Ehrlich and Holdren picked five minerals, often described as dwindling resources. After some period (it may have been five years, but I'll not dig out the NYT article) Ehrlich and Holdren lost on all five minerals.
Ehrlich's fame never diminished. He still received his Macarthur Genius prize for science, right or wrong. Doom sells. But China's population is its ultimate resource. China is now a food exporter. They are about to surpass the US, and have surpassed Japan and Germany as exporting manufacturers. People who sell their arrogance, but who have never built anything themselves, sell their schemes to handicap those who do produce to the bureaucrats who don't produce anything except rules to constrain our freedom to succeed. Obama is working hard to insure that the bureaucrats outnumber the producers. That is why he just spent half a billion of our productivity to expand the IRS, and, is paying them twice the average salaries of private sector workers, with benefits the American private sector is finding it increasingly difficult to offer, and stay in business. That is what Obamacare is really about.
But just think of the good he did. Liberals and leftists bought that crap. Think of how many more red diaper babies there'd be crapping on cop cars if he hadn't written that pap!